This program is designed to improve the technological skills of classroom teachers and to provide an in-depth exploration of the integration of technology across the curriculum. It is appropriate for teachers of all subject areas. Computer access is required as the program is delivered entirely over the World Wide Web. This program may lead to further education through a Master of Education (Information Technology) program.
EDUC5108 Educational Technology for the Practicing Teacher (3 credits)
This course examines applications of educational technology used in today’s classroom to promote learning. Students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of computers before taking this course. Students will explore technology use from a practical perspective, using various tools in an educational context to enhance the learning/teaching process. Teachers will investigate technology integration from a curricular perspective, transforming and synthesizing educational technology in respect to their areas of specialization and current practice. Participants will be required to contribute to a collaborative-learning process through which they will develop knowledge and skills related to effectively applied educational technology interventions.
EDUC5115 Research Methods for Education (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students in CBU’s Graduate programmes to the essential elements which underpin the planning, implementation, analysis, evaluation and reporting of educational research. Students will also become familiar with CBU’s application policy and procedures for research involving humans, as well as the Tri-Council standards for research ethics.
EDUC5101 Assessment of Software and Information Technology Applications for Education (3 credits)
This course offers instruction in software reviews, software evaluation models, assessment and selection. How, when, where, how often and under what context will software be used in an educational setting will be stressed. Appropriate and inappropriate software applications for use within the classroom will be considered. In order to put theory into practice, designing activity packages and incorporating educational software into lesson plans will be undertaken.
EDUC5103 Integration of Instructional Design and Information Technology (3 credits)
The field of instructional design (ID) has long been synonymous with distance education and training rather than mainstream K-12 teaching. However, ID is a critical component to planning and delivery of technology-enabled learning. In this course we will explore the applicability of instructional design to the K-12 context as a means to enhance learning and community building through the various modes of delivery currently found in schools (hybrid/blended/virtual). Within this course students will explore ID competencies, models, and current trends in the organization of learning environments. A particular emphasis will be placed on the utilization of ID principles in selecting appropriate technologies for specific objectives.
EDUC5131 Digital Citizenship in a Global Community (3 credits)
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour online. Within this course we will examine digital citizenship from two major perspectives: responsible use in the K-12 environment and the world beyond schools. Within each perspective we will review policy and practice, rights and responsibilities, safety and security, as well as health and wellness. Some specific themes include cyberbullying, digital etiquette, access, copyright, borderless classrooms, the digital divide and civic engagement.
EDUC5105 Designing Web-Based Learning (3 credits)
This course will develop your competency in the design and delivery of online learning activities. Participants will explore the essential components of interactive eLearning: context, challenge, activity and feedback through a combination of theoretical analysis and practical design activities. Note: this course does not focus on specific software or tools; however basic competency in e-Learning technologies is expected.
EDUC5106 Technology Planning for Educational Environments (3 credits)
Designed to assist educators in developing a comprehensive plan for the integration of technology into the teaching/learning process. Learners will research a broad range of existing and emerging technologies and their applications in a learning environment as well as the constructs of the technology planning process. This research will then be applied to formulating a classroom-level technology plan.
EDUC5107 Information Management in Education Environments (3 credits)
Explores information management from an educator’s point of view as well as researching electronic performance support systems and their implications for education and educators. Participants will develop a web-based personal electronic performance support system that will contain tools and information to aid the performance of that particular individual as an educator in a technology-rich, ever-changing educational environment.
EDUC5800 Applied Research Project (6 credits)
An important component of the program. Students conduct research in an area of technology and apply it in an educational setting. Research projects are subject to the approval of the research project advisor.
Prerequisites: 21 credits from EDUC5101, EDUC5103, EDUC5131 (or EDUC5104), EDUC5105, EDUC5106, EDUC5107, EDUC5108, EDUC5115.